Visitor Information Offices

The Times Square Visitors Center, 1560 Broadway, between 46th and 47th streets (where Broadway meets Seventh Ave.), across from the TKTS booth (tel. 212/768-1560; www.timessquarebid.org), is the citys top info stop. This pleasant and attractive center features a helpful information desk offering loads of citywide information. Theres also a tour desk selling tickets for Gray Line bus tours and Circle Line boat tours; a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) desk staffed to sell MetroCard fare cards, provide public transit maps, and answer all of your questions on the transit system; a Broadway Ticket Center providing show information and selling full-price show tickets; ATMs and currency exchange machines; computer terminals with free Internet access courtesy of Yahoo; an international newsstand; and more. Its open daily from 8am to 8pm.

The New York Convention and Visitors Bureau runs the NYCVB Visitor Information Center at 810 Seventh Ave., between 52nd and 53rd streets. In addition to loads of information on citywide attractions and a multilingual information counselor on hand to answer questions, the center also has interactive terminals that provide free touch-screen access to visitor information via Citysearch and sell advance tickets to major attractions (which can save you from standing in long ticket lines once you arrive). Theres also an ATM, a gift shop, and a bank of phones that connect you directly with American Express card member services. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. For over-the-phone assistance, call tel. 212/484-1222.
Grand Central Partnership runs a staffed information window on the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, East 42nd Street at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue (tel. 212/883-2420; www.grandcentralterminal.com). Its open daily from 9am to 6pm. 34th Street Partnership operates a visitor information kiosk in Penn Station, Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd streets (tel. 212/868-0521), thats well stocked with brochures and staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm.

Lower East Side

The Lower East Side Business Improvement District operates a neighborhood visitor center at 261 Broome St., between Orchard and Allen streets (tel. 888/VALUES-4-U or 212/226-9010), thats open Sunday through Friday from 10am to 4pm (sometimes later). Stop in for an Orchard Street Bargain District shopping guide (which they can also send you in advance), plus other information on this historic yet newly hip hood.